By Our Special Correspondent:
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is busy projecting himself as the new Hindutva poster boy by repeatedly raking up the politically sensitive issue of construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. His twin objective is to continue to attack BJP for doing nothing on the commencement of Ram temple despite in power since May 2014 and also to reach out to the voters signaling that Shiv Sena without compromising on Hindutva will complete the construction of imposing temple in Ayodhya.
Thackeray hogged the limelight after his recent two day visit to Ayodhya where he dared BJP led government at the Centre to bring an ordinance or legislation for an early construction of Ram temple. His message to BJP was Pahele Mandir Phir Sarkar (Hail the name of Lord Vitthal – first the temple, then the government).
During his visit at the pilgrimage town Pandharpur in western Maharashtra, Thackeray today led a blistering attack against BJP led government for delaying the construction of the temple in Ayodhya. In his address, Shiv Sena president said Hindus are innocent but not fools. “It has been 30 years (since the Babri Masjid-Ayodhya incident) and still you (BJP) say that the matter is in court. Let there be a discussion in the Parliament on the Ram temple issue, who are in your favour on this issue within the NDA will be clear,” he noted.
Thackeray’s move to corner BJP on Ram temple issue comes at a time when Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and host of BJP leaders including the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and party MP Subramanian Swamy have been making a strong case for an early construction of temple. BJP MP Rakesh Sinha has declared that he will move a private members bill seeking construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Thackeray is thereby no mood to compromise on this issue till BJP relents. Despite push for pre poll alliance by BJP, Thackeray is simply not ready to enter to the latter but kept guessing. Thackeray’s stand is significant as BJP is quite desperate for tie up after its defeat in recently held elections to five state assemblies. He is yet to forget BJP’s decision to break the 25 year old alliance with Shiv Sena at the last minute before the 2014 assembly elections in Maharashtra.